Economic Justice - Resisting Neoliberalism (ejrn) program
In 2008, around 30 FoEI member groups from Brazil, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Colombia, Denmark, EWNI, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nigeria, Paraguay, , Philippines, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Uruguay, and the USA, actively participated in FoEI's EJRN Program, and worked in solidarity to achieve its goal.
During this period, the program focused on five specific working areas:
The Global Europe campaign aims to expose the negative impacts and the corporate bias of the Global Europe strategy; and to counter trade and investment agreements that harm men, women and the environment in the Global South, but also harm Europe's peoples as well.
The Corporate Power campaign campaign focuses on dismantling corporate power by exposing and countering corporate crimes and their social, environmental and human rights impacts, specifically on women’s and men’s productive and reproductive activities. It also counters corporate influence over governments and institutions, including international financial institutions and the World Trade Organization (WTO); and building peoples' power by developing and advocating for legal measures to give rights to women, men and communities and to protect them against corporate power.
EJRN is also engaged in the Plantations campaign (led by the Forests and Biodiversity program) through exposing and countering the role of relevant corporations, and trade and investment flows, and by promoting resistance activities.
Further, the EJRN program also contributed to the Agrofuels campaign by exposing and countering the role of corporations, trade and investments in that sector.
Finally, the EJRN program contributed to the Climate and Finance campaign (which is led by the Climate Justice and Energy program) by exposing and rejecting the World Bank’s involvement in controversial projects on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD); stopping the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) and other World Bank involvement in fighting climate change; and proposing and promoting an alternative climate financing mechanism
In 2008, FoEI's EJRN Program successfully:
- Strengthened the fight against the EU’s Global Europe policy
- Continued the fight against free trade agreements
- Disclosed the truth, built awareness about and mobilized against specific corporate abuses
- Tackled corporate lobby and greenwash
- Halted destructive projects
- Denounced corporate-driven policies
- Used legal strategies to defend people from corporate abuses